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Comment: Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 1) 358 358

I am hearing that several subreddits that went private were forcibly reopened by the admins, and the mods were unable to do anything about it after. I don't have sources, but if it's discovered that it true, that would be the final nail in the coffin for me. The Reddit administration is interested in one thing, and one thing only right now: Milking the site for as much money as possible, as quickly as possible, and fuck the users. Well, fuck them then, as a user. We'll see if they can make their sweet cash when no one wants to use their site anymore.

Dice probably deserves some credit for not being *that* bad, despite all the complaining.

Comment: Re:Incineration (Score 2) 371 371

My municipality tried this whole incinerating thing.

The short version: the technology wasn't up to the task, the amount of energy they got out of it was woefully inadequate, the company went out of business.

Incineration technology just doesn't sound like where it needs to be, and it doesn't produce energy in a way that is worth actually doing.

It may be a good idea in theory, but in practice, I don't think it works very well.

Without having the whole story, I will say this- power plants should be designed by power plant engineers. Many of the smaller power plants out there which burn %byproduct or %unwanted_materials are not designed by people who design power plants. There are a lot of Engineering/Procurement/Construction (EPC) companies out there who think "we did a recycling facility before, we put in some gas compressors and diesel engines at that landfill on the other side of town to burn landfill gas, a steam power plant is no problem!".

But solid fuels are a lot more tricky to combust compared to gas. They are trickier to design transport for- conveyor systems that don't have inherent blockage points are an art and a science. The ash is also a solid, but very corrosive, abrasive, and toxic, and needs special conveyors. Pollution controls are a whole 'nother science and improperly designed systems won't stay operating long without serious problems. The owner doesn't know all this, however, and doesn't have the experience to know that they should be rejecting some bidders for lack of experience. They go for the lowest reasonable bid and then when things don't work, the EPC finds every excuse under the sun on why they couldn't possibly have known better.

Comment: Re:that's funny... (Score 2) 368 368

She is a pop-country singer that comes up on a regular basis with catchy tunes with clean lyrics, and she did not build a career on dressing like a prostitute or releasing sex tapes. Already that makes her quite unique in that industry.

Not everyone likes pop music of course, but in that genre she is definitely top shelf, and her fight against bad music streaming deals is in line with pretty much everything she does. This is not U2 phony or Metallica greedy, this is someone using leveraging her position to help fellow musicians.

Taylor Swift's vocal range is among the narrowest of any pop artist in the last 20 years. Many of her songs sound almost monotone to me. Vocal range may not be the only indication of a talented singer, but someone with a very narrow range doesn't seem to me like a 'top shelf' performer.

Comment: Re:Inevitable escalation of a broken philosophy (Score 1) 609 609

let's here about all these scenarios; as someone with extensive unsupported experience in eastern Alaska and Yukon. I know of only one situation. It does not favor a long gun. Out of 50+ encounters, I've never needed a gun. Of the several stories of acquaintances that have used their gun on a bear, I know of one that sounded legitimate. The rest wanted to take down a bear and its better with a cool threatening story. I'm interested in other threats in addition to one encountered by at most a few thousand people per year that should dictate national gun gun policy. I'm very pro-gun (I own 31), but this is patently ridiculous.

I grew up in a fairly rural area. After my sister and I reached a responsible age, we kept a .22 next to the back door at all times. It was used frequently to intervene in fights between our cats and foxes. Also to scare off any animals in the garden. The number of gunshots I heard on a weekly basis was proof that we weren't the only family shooting guns off the back porch on a regular basis.

Comment: Re:The downside is taxpayers... (Score 1) 283 283

Why are you trying to waste other people's money? It costs money to run an office or man a phone to provide government services, and I'm sure you appreciate that at least some minimal services are necessary. So the more people who have internet access and can fill in forms online, receive emails instead of letters and get advice via wikis, FAQs, forums and live-chats the less of our money the government has to spend on call centres and offices.

You didn't think this through, did you?

Most people in government don't think about that. The USPS is a great example. You can buy priority postage for packages on USPS.com, but not for regular packages. It's certainly possible to offer it, USPS even has API's which support this functionality! But the only way to do it currently is through the horrible company stamps.com ($16/month subscription service) or through the equally horrible Paypal.

Comment: Re:The downside is taxpayers... (Score 1) 283 283

Cut the military back to nuclear deterrent, coast guard, and small standing army for border protection, and allow the return of the merchant marine to keep trade routes safe, and you have a cut closer to 90%. We'd be better liked abroad as well, allowing us to reap the benefits of increased trade.

What are you talking about? The US "Merchant marine" is just a fancy way of saying "the commercial ships flying a USA flag". It's true that in wartime, we have historically armed these ships. But that is somewhat tricky to do nowadays because of international law. The only ships that can get away with this easilly are MSC ships, and those ships are directly supporting the military or other government operations. Commercial ships sometimes bring on private security contractors when traveling through dangerous areas, but that is completely different from what you are implying.

"allow the return of the merchant marine to keep trade routes safe," is a nonscensical statement.

Comment: Re:Stop charging for checked bag (Score 1) 273 273

Yep. I moved from Australia to the US a couple of years ago. I am a very frequent flier (140+ segments per year).

In Australia it was never a problem getting overhead space because:

(a) The carry on bag size limits were enforced

(b) Most airlines (including the major two - Qantas and Virgin) allow one checked bag as part of the ticket price (I won't say 'free', but it's not charged as an extra fee)

(c) Less of those godforsaken small regional jets (EMB 120s, 175s and CRJ 200s and 700s in particular) that have tiny overhead bins. The proportion of flights in the US (and Canada) that these aircraft amazes me. You get them even between major (4M+ population) cities. You'd never get anything smaller than a 737 or A320 in Australia between major city pairs.

Having said that, addressing (a) and/or (b) alone would probably be enough to solve the issue in North America.

The airline market in the US is much more competitive with many more players. Most don't compete on flying experience, they compete on all the things leading up to a purchase decision. So they compete on price and choice. If an airline offer 6 flights a day from Milwaukee but a competitor offers only 2, the one offering 6 is probably going to do more business. Their flights fit better into people's schedules and it opens up more opportunities for reasonable connections. They would be stupid not to offer as many flights as they can while still being profitable and competitive on each one.

Maybe in Australia there is less competition, or more airport congestion, or regulations preventing this outcome. But in a highly competitive market I think this is the natural outcome.

Comment: Re:What are... (Score 1) 273 273

You realize that your entire justification for using your existing units is because you are used to them right? Believe me when I tell you that metric units seem completely reasonable for the kinds of everyday things that people encounter when you are used to using them. We even have weather maps, beers, and shoes!

At least try to internalize the fact that you aren't being remotely objective.

Terrible examples. I have drank "pints" (not liters) of beers all over the world. That's how they were sold.
Shoe sizes have at least 6 different standards, not including the US or counting women's sizing standards.

Comment: Re:Amen brother! (Score 1) 424 424

I've had the very same problem for years now. I get exclusively results that other people got, who searched something vaguely similar.

First, you have to enclose every fucking word between quotes or you get only Taylor Swift and Kardashian search results.

Second, even _if_ you do that, it ignores all the punctuations I enter. I _really_ want only the results where there are exactly the period or comma on exactly the place where I put it, how hard can that be?

If I search for carbuncles, I don't need to see cars of somebody's uncle.

And don't even mention if you use a VPN, then you'll get Estonian or Russian results even when you enter only English words.

Google has become useless other than for clueless teens.

Why can't they just have a checkbox that you can select:

Check this box if you can spell and really mean what you type.

Not to mention that if you type in google.com you may be redirected to a local country site. If someone wanted google.de, they would have typed google.de in the address bar to begin with!

Comment: Re:"Murky Details . . ." (Score 1) 307 307

I wonder if the Russian media does the same sort of thing, i.e. portrays Limbaugh as some kind of spokesman for Obama?

About a decade ago a British newspaper called The Sun ran a story about how Japanese women were being tricked into buying sheep that had been sheared to look like poodles. There were confused as to why they didn't bark or eat dog food. Of course it was nonsense, eventually traced back to a joke someone told. Anyway, other retarded newspapers around the world picked it up, and then the Japanese media noticed. Ever since there have been monthly stories about how stupid and gullible British people are, often featuring obviously false stories published in the Sun or Daily Mail. Of course some of it is actually true, like the pictures of drunk people having sex in the street or looting in London, but still...

So the standard angle is now that British people are kind of stupid. Similar to how there is a stereotype about Russian people, and the media likes to find idiots that exemplify it and publicise them.

But stereotypes about Russian people are all true! They are all scary and depressed psychopaths! That's why nobody is their friend!

It certainly isn't the case that they are reclusive because they have a hard time making friends due to the stereotypes. That would be ridiculous.

Comment: Re:McLoving Mickey (Score 3, Funny) 229 229

EVERYBODY who's worked at Disney invariably refers to it as Mauschwitz (or Mouseswitz). The only other internal company name I've come across that's more universal is ex G.E. employees referring to it as "Generous Electric".

In my industry (steam and gas turbines), GE stands for "Good Enough".

Comment: Re:Don't worry, they'll try again (Score 4, Insightful) 229 229

Trust, it takes a long time to build and just a few seconds to destroy

Well, that's giving Disney too much credit I think. This was a long time in the works with several different departments and at least a dozen people involved. You have to have meetings with the outside contractor, draft a contract, get approvals, arrange payment methods, etc etc. You need to have meetings with HR, and they have to get all the preparations in place to fire the American workers. Somebody has to coordinate employee orientations and reassign assets from all the terminated employees to the replacement workers.

This was a carefully planned operation with many people involved. It was deliberately done, step by step, over the course of months or even years. The only mistake is that people found out about it.

Comment: Re:Say Good By to the Rainforests .... (Score 4, Informative) 851 851

I will have to try your experiment, but I am curious if you would like Olive Oil as much as the fat. Vegetable Oil tastes awful, so it is no surprise there.

You can't (or at least you shouldn't) fry anything in Olive oil. It will smoke and degrade into potentially unhealthy chemicals.

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." -- Aesop